Given there are numerous community issues involving the city I think we have to seriously review candidates for any conflict of interest.
Frankly, I would have to oppose Tim Durkan's candidacy given he is a paid Advisor for the Mayor.
If we are to gain public trust in the council and to ensure that officers and committees are "independent, impartial, and responsible to the community" we should have a strong Conflict of Interest policy which should be fiercely upheld.
Recommend IRS policy be incorporated into bylaws:
"The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect this tax-exempt organization's (Organization) interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Organization or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations."